Tips on Maintaining Your Lawn
If you read my last blog post, you learned some of the benefits to maintaining your yard such as increased home value, lower air conditioning bills, and better water quality. I suggested the Worx WG500 TriVac as a great tool to get your lawn and garden maintenance on the right track. However, all that leaves you with is some good info and possibly a TriVac. So I decided to write a Part 2 in honor of this daunting seasonal task that you may or may not enjoy. I’m going to share with you several tips on some best practices when it comes to maintaining your lawn in particular.
The reality is everyone mows their lawn (well, almost everyone) and many of you may get frustrated when your grass starts to turn brown, or will only grows in patches. It’s at this time when you do one or all of these three things: scratch your head, kick your ineffective sprinkler, or Google a solution. When Googling a solution there is no guarantee that the information you find is going to be accurate, and you have to always keep that in mind. Unfortunately nowadays, everybody and anybody can publish content to the internet. But enough with back story, let’s get right to the tips, shall we?
Tip #1: Don’t leave your sprinkler on all day. Just like you can drown a flower, you can drown your lawn. Many experts agree that an inch of water once a week is about right for most lawns. I can’t tell you how many people I know personally who leave their sprinklers on all day. It’s an easy mistake, but a very costly one. Keep in mind though that an inch of water isn’t a global rule, the amount of water you need also depends on the climate, soil composition, and season. For the majority however, the best way to determine your lawn’s watering cycle is by placing containers on the lawn. Time it! Once they fill up with an inch of water you’ll know how long it takes to water your lawn with the sprinkler system you have.
Tip #2: Don’t cut your grass as short as possible. I know what you’re thinking. The shorter I cut it, the longer it’ll take to grow back which means I won’t have to cut it as much. However, that’s the wrong way to look at it. Longer grass prevents many weeds from growing up through the lawn, which in the long run really saves you more time. Who likes to pull weeds, or take chances on what weed killers actually work?
Tip #3: Only cut a 1/3 off your lawn. Just like any other plants or trees, you can’t cut too much off it or it will wither and possibly die. It’s the act of regeneration. Cutting more than a 1/3 off of your lawn’s grass shocks it and causes it to turn yellow or brown.
Tip #4: Don’t remove lawn clippings. This isn’t a requirement, but it does allow you to use less fertilizer which in turn saves you money. Lawn clippings are organic materials that can decompose and become fertilizer themselves. Lawn clippings will not cause thatch, but if you have thatch you should remove the lawn clippings until the problem is solved. Aerating your lawn prevents thatch which is Tip #5.
Tip #5: Always aerate your lawn. By always I mean make it part of your routine once a year. Aerating is simply poking holes into the lawn’s soil. This pulls out little round pieces of soil called plugs. Aerating is a form of “turning your lawn”. It allows deeper root growth and reduces soil compaction. Aerating allows air, water, and several nutrients direct access to your lawn’s root system. Plugs created by aerating hold water which allows hard soil to moisten, and clay soil to expand.
These five tips alone should greatly improve your lawn if you aren’t practicing them already. Of course always keep in mind that climate, soil composition, and time of year will cause variance in your results. In that case, take these tips and adapt them best to your situation. Now you will probably need something to trim your lawn in hard to reach places that a mower won’t pick up. As I said before I love the products that Worx makes, especially their trimmers. So take a look into the Worx WG151.5 Cordless Lithium-Ion Grass Trimmer.
Worx abandoned the need for gas power, and made it lightweight and convenient with an 18V battery. No cords, no need to buy gas. A friend I work with has a gas powered trimmer, and hasn’t touched it in over a year since getting the WG151.5. The battery takes only a ½ hour to charge, and a rack comes with it so you can mount it on to the wall while you wait. The WG151.5 has an automatic single line feed system, which means you never have to tap your trimmer head to feed additional line. It’s unique pivoting head and ratchet mechanism tilts 90 degrees so it can easily fit in tight spaces or sloped landscapes. So if you’re looking for a way to start putting these tips in action, check out the Worx WG151.5.
Written By Joseph Scovill